On October 22nd the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have adopted a new regulation on the prevention and management of the introduction and spread of invasive alien species. It shall enter into force on January 2015. This new legislation seeks to address the problem of invasive alien species in a comprehensive manner so as to protect native biodiversity and ecosystem services, as well as to minimize and mitigate the human health or economic impacts that these species can have. The legislation foresees three types of interventions: prevention, early warning and rapid response, and management. A list of invasive alien species of Union concern will be drawn up with Member States using risk assessments and scientific evidence.
We shall, of course, assess it, together with the prevailing EU Directives, in our aim to come up with suggestions for adequate protection regime for headwaters. Suggestions and assistance are, of course, welcome.
AEMS Rios con Vida (Spain)
Continental Trout Conservation Fund (Belgium)
Fonds pour la conservation des Rivières Sauvages (France)
Wild Trout Trust (United Kingdom)
World Fish Migration Foundation (The Netherlands)